Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ A Detour On A Smoking Off-Ramp

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The Food and Drug Administration declared Wednesday that vaping amongst youngsters has reached “an epidemic proportion.” The company informed five main e-cigarette producers that that they had 60 days to seek out methods to maintain their merchandise away from minors.

“I use the word epidemic with great care,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a Wednesday information launch. “E-cigs have become an almost ubiquitous — and dangerous — trend among teens.” Yet, because the panel discusses, well being advocates warned that the actions might not be sturdy sufficient.

This week’s panelists are Sarah Jane Tribble of Kaiser Health News, Stephanie Armour of The Wall Street Journal, Kimberly Leonard of the Washington Examiner and Rebecca Adams of CQ Roll Call.

They additionally take a look at Arkansas’ announcement that greater than four,000 Medicaid enrollees will probably be suspended for not assembly new work necessities, the Census Bureau’s announcement that the nation’s uninsured price was unchanged final 12 months, laws into account on Capitol Hill that can have an effect on the Affordable Care Act and efforts to stem the opioid epidemic.

Among the takeaways from this week’s podcast:

The FDA’s announcement on e-cigarettes seems to be a turning level on officers’ views of how one can deal with the difficulty. It was spurred by studies of dramatic development in teen vaping. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) lately reported that teen use has elevated by 75 percent previously 12 months. The e-cigarette business is essentially unregulated. Many manufacturers supply quite a lot of candy flavors, though makers of conventional cigarettes are prohibited from doing that. Arkansas’ transfer to chop adults from the Medicaid growth program the state rolled out underneath the ACA is prone to be challenged in courtroom. The Trump administration has been a robust supporter of labor necessities within the Medicaid program and Seema Verma, who heads the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, tweeted Wednesday evening after the Arkansas announcement that she was excited concerning the work Arkansas has achieved to attach beneficiaries to jobs and schooling. The Census Bureau’s report Wednesday is the primary time for the reason that implementation of ACA protection expansions that the nationwide uninsured price didn’t fall. The Republican-led House is predicted to vote quickly on a package deal of payments that can take away or postpone extra taxes within the ACA, together with the penalty for employers who don’t supply protection for employees and a tax on tanning salons. It is uncertain, nevertheless, that the measure will get by means of the Senate this 12 months.

Plus, for additional credit score, the panelists advocate their favourite well being tales of the week they assume it is best to learn, too:

Sarah Jane Tribble: Bloomberg News’ “The Secret Drug Pricing System Middlemen Use to Rake in Millions,” by Robert Langreth, David Ingold and Jackie Gu

Kimberly Leonard: Harper’s Magazine’s “Can Hospitals Learn to Better Treat Deaf Patients?” by Katie Booth

Rebecca Adams: The New York Times and ProPublica’s “Top Cancer Researcher Fails to Disclose Corporate Financial Ties in Major Research Journals,” by Charles Ornstein and Katie Thomas

Stephanie Armour: The Financial Times’ “Opioid Billionaire Granted Patent for Addiction Treatment,” by David Crow

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